Baroque soprano Agnes Zsigovics [ˈʒigovitʃ] is hailed for her “purity of sound and expressivity” (The Register-Guard) and her voice is “hauntingly beautiful, creamy, velvety, bell-like” (The Morning Call). The New York Times called her performance at Carnegie Hall (2011) “stylish” and “radiant”, while the British Early Music Review declared her rendition of Zerfliesse, mein Herze (Analekta, 2012) “among the best ever”.
Agnes is featured on several recordings, including two Juno-nominated albums The Heart’s Refuge (Analekta, 2015) and The Voice of Bach (Sony, 2009), as well as the Prix OPUS-nominated Bach Johannes-Passion (Analekta, 2012). This season’s engagements include the Bethlehem Bach Festival, Theatre of Early Music, the Grand Philharmonic Choir, the King’s Chapel Choir, Elora Festival, Les idées heureuses, and the Oregon Bach Festival.
Other career highlights include Carnegie Hall, Washington Bach Consort, The National Ballet, I Musici, Les Voix Baroques, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and tours to Peru, Brazil and Germany. Ms. Zsigovics is anticipating the release of her latest feature, a recording of the Schutz Musikalisches Exequiem by Analekta due in early 2015.
Agnes' most recent appearances include her debut at the Oregon Bach Festival performing the Monteverdi Vespers, performances of Bach’s Mass in B minor and Cantata BWV 106 at the Bethlehem Bach Festival, Handel’s Messiah with the Guelph Chamber Choir and with Nota Bene Baroque Players, Arvo Pärt’s Stabat Mater with the Art of Time Ensemble, and a recording of Schutz’s Musikalisches Exequiem for Analekta due for release in 2015.
Upcoming engagements include The Grand Philharmonic Choir (Bach St. Matthew Passion), Theatre of Early Music (Purcell Dido and Aeneas), The King's College Chapel Choir (Bach Mass in B minor), Les Idées heureuses (Bach Cantatas), and the Bethlehem Bach Festival (Bach Mass in B minor and Cantatas).
Agnes appears on the Juno-nominated The Heart's Refuge as a soloist with the Theatre of Early Music & Schola Cantorum, the Juno-nominated album The Voice of Bach with Daniel Taylor and the Prix OPUS-nominated classical disc of the year Bach Johannes-Passion with Les Voix Baroques and Arion Baroque Orchestra under Alexander Weimann.
Agnes has been a featured artist at the Bethlehem Bach Festival, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Toronto Bach Festival, Montreal Bach Festival, Stuttgart Bach Festival, and made her Oregon Bach Festival debut in June 2014. She appears in concert with prestigious groups such as the Theatre of Early Music, Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Les Voix Baroques, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Washington Bach Consort, the Bethlehem Bach Choir, National Ballet of Canada, Toronto Bach Consort, Ottawa Bach Choir, Cappella Artemesia, the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Chorus Niagara and the Guelph Chamber Choir, among many others. Other career highlights include performances of Bach's St. John Passion under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Seguin, Bach's Christmas Oratorio under Maestro Helmuth Rilling, and a tour of Handel duets in Brazil and Peru with Daniel Taylor.
Some highlights of her previous seasons include performances of Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Washington Bach Consort, Vivaldi’s In furore iustissiamea irae in Bethlehem, Bach’s Magnificat with the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Handel’s Coronation Anthems at the Montreal Bach Festival, Bach Cantatas BWV 4 and 78 with the Theatre of Early Music, Couperin’s Troisieme Leçon de Ténèbres with Toronto Masque Theatre, a twenty-four concert tour of western Canada with Cappella Artemesia and Bruce Dickey from Bologna Italy, Bach's St Matthew Passion with the Ottawa Bach Choir, Vivaldi's Gloria with the Theatre of Early Music, Schutz's Christmas Oratorio with the Ottawa Bach Choir, and Couperin's Leçons de ténèbres in recital at the University of Toronto.
Agnes' is a featured soloist on the following recordings: The Heart's Refuge with The Theatre of Early Music (Analekta, 2014); Bach Johannes-Passion with Alexander Weimann (ATMA, 2012); Cantate Domino (2011) and Jesu, meine Freude (2009) with the Ottawa Bach Choir; The Voice of Bach with Daniel Taylor (Sony, 2008). Appearances include the Canadian Opera Company, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Festival of Music and Beyond, Festival Bach de Montréal, Bethlehem Bach Festival, Stuttgart Bachwoche, Toronto Bach Festival, Music in the Temple, Peterborough Singers, Windsor Symphony, Bach Elgar Choir, Cellar Singers, Pax Christi Chorale, Toronto Bach Consort and Soundtreams Canada.
Career highlights include Bach Christmas Oratorio under Maestro Helmuth Rilling; tour of Dowland and Handel in Brazil with Daniel Taylor; season opener of Bach Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen at the Bethlehem Bach Festival; Pergolesi Stabat Mater and Bach Mass in B minor with Daniel Taylor, Benjamin Butterfield and Daniel Lichti at the Bethlehem Bach Festival; tour of Dido & Aeneas with the Theatre of Early Music; Handel Salve Regina, Dixit Dominus and Messiah with the Toronto Chamber Choir; Mendelssohn Lobgesang and Brahms Requiem with the Bach Elgar Choir; Purcell King Arthur, Charpentier Messe de Minuit, and La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers with the Toronto Masque Theatre; Allegri Miserere with choreography by Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie.